Blood Simple

USA 1985. Dir: Joel Coen. 96 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! DIRECTOR'S CUT! ► “I don't care if you’re the Pope of Rome, President of the United States, or even Man of the Year — something can always go wrong.” The Coen brothers became indie cinema heroes with their outrageously stylish, shockingly violent debut, a neo-noir thriller with a title derived from Dashiell Hammett, a plot distilled from James M. Cain, and an arsenal of film tricks worthy of Orson Welles. When a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) hires an unsavoury private eye (M. Emmet Walsh) to kill his cheating wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz), it sets off a spiralling series of double-crosses, dangerous misunderstandings, and gruesome twists of fate. This delirious introduction to the darkly-comic Coen universe also marked the debut of favourite leading-lady McDormand (Fargo). “Maliciously entertaining ... The most inventive and original thriller in many a moon” (David Ansen, Newsweek).

Program note: This 96-minute Director’s Cut is a trim three minutes shorter than the original release version!


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REVIEWS

"Black humor, abundant originality, and a brilliant visual style make Joel Coen's 'Blood Simple a directorial debut of extraordinary promise."

New York Times | full review

"Boldly facetious and monstrously clever."

Village Voice | full review

★★★★ "Genius ... One of the best of the modern films noir."

Roger Ebert | full review